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Centerville, GA, police officer shot dead



An armed man shooting at police officers – wounded in the stomach by a Centerville policeman – remains barricaded on Saturday in a house in Centerville.

Police officer Jeremy Mashuga was taken by ambulance to the Medical Center, Navicent Health, said Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton.

Mashuga was in a stable condition after surgery late Friday, Talton said. Centerville police chief Chuck Hadden went to the hospital to be with the officer.

"He'll be fine," wrote Cameron Andrews. "God is good."

Andrews was accompanied in the hospital by the mayor and another city council to offer consolation and support to the officer's wife. Next, the council members came to the scene.

The killing man was identified as Perry Baggett, Talton said.

Tactical crews from Houston County Sheriff Bureau and Warner Robins Police Department are on scene. A hostage negotiator has repeatedly tried to talk to Baggett.

A woman who had been nailed down by gunfire was rescued by the authorities. Residents in nearby houses were also evacuated.

Authorities, including Peach and Bibb County Sheriff's Deputies, are set up in Centerville City Hall. A GBI vehicle is also on the stage.

One heard shots fired shortly before midnight. A Georgia State Patrol helicopter flew overhead.

"We're still trying to get him out of the house," Talton said early Saturday morning.

The incident began at 9:30 am Friday

For a few hours early Tuesday, Baggett had not been heard, which gave cause for concern that he might be dead, Talton said.

But then lights went on and off, and there was movement within the two-story house, added Captain Jon Holland, Sheriff of Houston County.

"We will spend as much time as we can to solve it peacefully if we can," said Holland.

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